‘Toxic’ planning deregulation is making people worse off, Raynsford report finds


Planning deregulation is increasing inequality according to the final draft of former Labour housing minister Nick Raynsford’s review of the English planning system.

The report claimed that the system has been reduced to a “chaotic patchwork” of responsibilities which fails to promote health, wellbeing or the civil rights of communities. A senior member of the report’s team also condemned permitted development rights, which allows converted development on certain properties without planning permission, as “toxic”.

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